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Broncos will use franchise tag on Ryan Clady

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Starting February 18, NFL teams are free to place the franchise tag on their impending free agents and it doesn’t look like the Broncos are going to need much more time than that to decide whether or not to use theirs.

Broncos senior vice president of football operations John Elway said that the team will be using the franchise tag on left tackle Ryan Clady. Clady and the team were unable to work out an extension before the 2012 season, leaving him to play out the final year of his contract and leaving the Broncos to do what they need to do to ensure his return in 2013. Elway said that using the tag doesn’t mean the team isn’t looking for a longer arrangement with Clady.

“We’d like to work something out, like we did last year,” Elway said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “Things have changed a little bit because he’s coming off a shoulder surgery. But we like Ryan. We like him a lot as a player and we’d like to get something done.”

There were reports after the end of the Broncos season that Clady’s shoulder surgery made the tag more likely as the Broncos wanted to buy themselves some time to assess his condition before entering into a long-term contract. That approach is the one the Broncos have chosen to take, allowing them to knock one item off their to-do list as soon as they decide to formalize the tag, which would pay Clady $9.66 million in 2013 if the two sides can’t agree on a different arrangement.

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12 Responses to “Broncos will use franchise tag on Ryan Clady”
  1. mrpickled says: Feb 15, 2013 12:02 PM

    Pay the man. As much as I hate the broncos……. They have to keep him.

  2. radrntn says: Feb 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    so lets see…20 million to peyton, 13 million to elvis, 10 million to both clady, and bailey….so almost half the cap to 4 guys, and the other 49 guys who get to share the scraps leftovers of the reaming pie crumbs at about a million each….looks like changes are a coming.

  3. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:33 PM

    Gave up one sack all year. Yeah, I would say pay the man.

  4. nzyme says: Feb 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    Considering the numbers radrntn put out there the Broncos should just give him a contract so that his cap number is more manageable.

  5. chiwizlive says: Feb 15, 2013 12:53 PM

    Hurry up and get a deal done,I would hate for him to have to hold out or play under the tag he wouldn’t be a happy camper and he’s the most important player on the team being the manning protector.

  6. spellingcops says: Feb 15, 2013 1:12 PM

    radrntn says: Feb 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    so lets see…20 million to peyton, 13 million to elvis, 10 million to both clady, and bailey….so almost half the cap to 4 guys, and the other 49 guys who get to share the scraps leftovers of the reaming pie crumbs at about a million each….looks like changes are a coming.
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    You are seriously going to make a negative comment about the Broncos’ front office? Being a Raiders fan? Really? Just stick to talking about stuff you know. Like losing. And identifying track stars at the combine. And stabbings. And losing. And more losing.

  7. bkostela says: Feb 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    pft… will this be an ‘exclusive’ tag or will other teams be able to negotiate with him?

  8. kerbyjr1 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:50 PM

    Are you serious what the hell have the broncos done beside lose in the 1st round ?

  9. radrntn says: Feb 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    spellingcops says:
    Feb 15, 2013 1:12 PM
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    oh its ok bronco billy, I’m sorry if i hurt your feelings with the facts, that you perceive as negative, here are some kleenex to dry your eyes, now run along and get back to the computer in the bedroom at your parents house, and be sure to pick up your mess before your daddy, and mommy get home…go broncos, go billy!

  10. boogerhut says: Feb 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    radrntn says: Feb 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    spellingcops says:
    Feb 15, 2013 1:12 PM
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    oh its ok bronco billy, I’m sorry if i hurt your feelings with the facts, that you perceive as negative, here are some kleenex to dry your eyes, now run along and get back to the computer in the bedroom at your parents house, and be sure to pick up your mess before your daddy, and mommy get home…go broncos, go billy!
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    Fact is is that Denver is 20Mil under the cap fool. So lock the door to your sisters bathroom and rub one out like every other Friday night.

  11. gbatap says: Feb 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    Most overrated LT in the league. His career has been on a constant decline since his rookie year until Manning bailed him out and look better then he is.

  12. vicnocal says: Feb 15, 2013 3:16 PM

    Jay Cutler misses this guy.

    Cutler was sacked only 11 times in over 600 pass attempts his final year in Denver.

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